Sette Bello Ristorante

Last Activity: Aug 26th, 2011

sette bello

Location

6241 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
(951) 351-0505
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Critic's Rating

Rating3.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review: 08/26/11

Information

HoursLunch and Dinner
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholBeer and Wine Only
Entree PricesExpensive OutdoorYes
ReservationsYes DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

The last few places I've tried have been pretty bad, so I wanted to go for more of a sure thing today. In a part of town where you'll find Olive Garden, Outback and TGI Fridays; Sette Bello practically stands alone.

They have a few tables outside, but when its 95 out inside is a better choice. They have old world decor, with music to match. It's a very pleasant place to dine.

Sette Bello Interior

Sette Bello Interior

I asked for a bottle of Pellegrino as I went through the menu; the restaurant web site is down so I couldn't check a current menu. I'd had my eye on their penne with broccoli rabe and sausage. I noticed that they make it with whole wheat pasta, which didn't really excite me. I asked if they could make it with regular pasta and they said they would. jump-->

I fired up my phone and after a minute or two I started thinking about why I didn't have any bread. Usually in a real Italian restaurant you get bread on the table; I had a bread plate; I looked around and nobody else had it either. Just as it was starting to bother me, they brought me a cup of pasta fagioli soup, which was unexpected.

Sette Bello Pasta Fagioli

Sette Bello Pasta Fagioli

As I looked at this, I couldn't help but think about the version I'd had at Carlucci's. What a difference. I can't say that this tasted much better, but I'm certain that the ingredients were fresher; and I'm certain that this one didn't come out of a can.

Just as I was finishing the soup, the main entree was served.

Sette Bello Penne Pasta with Sausage and Rapini

Sette Bello Penne Pasta with Sausage and Rapini

They grated some fresh parmesan on this for me; I prefer Pecorino Romano with this dish but I'm tired of asking for it. The pasta was al dente and there were 2 big garlic cloves sitting in the broth; the rapini was crisp and not stringy; I also prefer hot sausage with this but the sausage was good. The "sauce" was very garlicky; almost buttery; this is one of my favorite dishes when it's made correctly. I really enjoyed this. I was thinking this was a pretty good lunch for $12.

When I got the bill, I noticed that they charge $7 for the 750ml bottle of Pellegrino. It just bothers me when I've paid $12 for soup and an entree and then you get charged $7 for a $2 bottle of water. As I was driving home I was thinking that if they charged $14 for the entree and $5.50 for the water I would have not thought a thing of it; it's interesting how we're used to overpaying for entrees but it bothers us when you get charged $1 more than you expect for coffee or sparkling water.

A bit of bread could have made this near perfect; but all in all, a nice experience and a good meal.

Note that the lunch menu we have here was $2 off on the dish I had, so the prices are likely higher across the board.

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